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European Colonialism

Enslavement of African People

Turtle Island land loss

Hip Hop Emerges Post-Civil Rights Era

The South Bronx was burning

The South Bronx was burning

The South Bronx was burning

Robert Moses, NYC Urban Planner

Containment of Poor People

Building of Cross Bronx Expressway

Connecting Suburbs to the City

Dividing and Creating New Communities

Outside culture

Outside music

DJ Kool Herc

Birth of Hip Hop

Jamaican Sound System Tradition

Hip-Hop in the Park

The MC

B-Boys and B-Girls

B-Boys/B-Girls Origins


Public Canvas

From Street Gangs to Politics

“The Message� Grandmaster Flash INTRO] It's like a jungle sometimes It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under It's like a jungle sometimes It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under [FIRST VERSE] Broken glass everywhere, people pissin' on the stairs, You know they just don't care Can't take the smell, can't take the noise, Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice Rats in the front room, roaches in the back Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat I tried to get away but I couldn't get far'cuz a man with a tow truck repossessed my car [CHORUS] Don't push me 'cuz I'm close to the edge I'm trying not to lose my head Uh huh ha ha ha It's like a jungle sometimes It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under

“Fight The Power� Public Enemy 1989 the number another summer (get down) Sound of the funky drummer Music hittin' your heart cause I know you got soul (Brothers and sisters, hey) Listen if you're missin' y'all Swingin' while I'm singin' Givin' whatcha gettin' Knowin' what I know While the Black bands sweatin' And the rhythm rhymes rollin' Got to give us what we want Gotta give us what we need Our freedom of speech is freedom or death We got to fight the powers that be Lemme hear you say Fight the power Chorus

“F*#! the Police”- N.W.A.

Fuck the police comin straight from the underground A young nigga got it bad cause I'm brown, And not the other color so police think They have the authority to kill a minority Fuck that shit, cause I ain't the one for a punk motherfucker with a badge and a gun to be beatin on, and thrown in jail We can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell Fuckin with me cause I'm a teenager with a little bit of gold and a pager Searchin my car, lookin for the product Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics You'd rather see, me in the pen than me and Lorenzo rollin in a Benz-o Beat a police out of shape and when I'm finished, bring the yellow tape To tape off the scene of the slaughter Still gettin swoll off bread and waterI don't know if they fags or what Search a nigga down, and grabbin his nuts And on the other hand, without a gun they can't get none But don't let it be a black and a white one Cause they'll slam ya down to the street top Black police showin out for the white cop Ice Cube will swarmon ANY motherfucker in a blue uniform Just cause I'm from, the CPT Punk police are afraid of me! HUH, a young nigga on the warpath And when I'm finished, it's gonna be a bloodbath Of cops, dyin in L.A. Yo Dre, I got somethin to say…

“UNITY�- Queen Latifah

Uh, U.N.I.T.Y., U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity U.N.I.T.Y., love a black man from infinity to infinity (Who you calling a bitch?) U.N.I.T.Y., U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity (You gotta let him know) (You go, come on here we go) U.N.I.T.Y., Love a black woman from (You got to let him know) infinity to infinity (You ain't a bitch or a ho) U.N.I.T.Y., U.N.I.T.Y. that's a unity (You gotta let him know) (You go, come on here we go) U.N.I.T.Y., Love a black man from (You got to let him know) infinity to infinity (You ain't a bitch or a ho) Instinct leads me to another flow Everytime I hear a brother call a girl a bitch or a ho Trying to make a sister feel low You know all of that gots to go Now everybody knows there's exceptions to this rule Now don't be getting mad, when we playing, it's cool But don't you be calling out my name I bring wrath to those who disrespect me like a dame That's why I'm talking, one day I was walking down the block I had my cutoff shorts on right cause it was crazy hot I walked past these dudes when they passed me One of 'em felt my booty, he was nasty I turned around red, somebody was catching the wrath Then the little one said (Yeah me bitch) and laughed Since he was with his boys he tried to break fly Huh, I punched him dead in his eye and said "Who you calling a bitch?"

“Sound of the Police”- KRS-One Chorus: Woop-woop! That's the sound of da police! Woop-woop! That's the sound of the beast! Verse One: Stand clear! Don man a-talk You can't stand where I stand, you can't walk where I walk Watch out! We run New York Police man come, we bust him out the park I know this for a fact, you don't like how I act You claim I'm sellin' crack, But you be doin' that I'd rather say "see ya” Cause I would never be ya Be a officer? You WICKED overseer! Ya hotshot, wanna get props and be a saviour First show a little respect, change your behavior Change your attitude, change your plan There could never really be justice on stolen land Are you really for peace and equality? Or when my car is hooked up, you know you wanna follow me Your laws are minimal Cause you won't even think about lookin' at the real criminal This has got to cease Cause we be getting HYPED to the sound of da police!

“Be Healthy”- dead prez It's all love . . . I don't eat no meat, no dairy, no sweets only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit and whole wheat I'm from the old school, my household smell like soul food, bro curried falafel, barbecued tofu no fish though, no candy bars, no cigarettes only g**** and fresh-squeezed juice from oranges exercising daily to stay healthy and I rarely drink water out the tap, cause it's filthy Lentil soup is mental fruitand ginger root is good for the yout’ Fresh veg-e-table with dem ital stewsweet yam fries with the green calalloo careful how you season and prepare your foods cause you don't wanna lose vitamins and minerales and that's the jewellife brings life, it's valuable, so I eat what comes from the ground, it's naturallet your food be your medicine (uh huh)no Excederin (uh uh)strictly herb, generate in the sun, cause I got melanin and drink water, eight glasses a day cause that's what they say They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy my goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy cause true wealth comes from good health, and wise ways we got to start taking better care of ourselves

Crude Oil Prices

Jobs Go Overseas, Decline in U.S.

More Work, Same Pay

Growth of Prison Population

Rebel Diaz Arts Collective



Multimedia Space

Political Education Workshops

Art as Message

No Human Being is Illegal

No Human Being is Illegal

Hip Hop and Activism  
Hip Hop and Activism